Mindfulness drawing from the heart with Veronique Maria

Drawing

Ref: SWE11787

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About this course

Use mindfulness techniques to invite and develop a unique heartfelt sensitivity to the quality of your drawing experience.

Course Description

Re-purpose drawing to develop your practice. Techniques include visualisation, breath, meditations, focus, and relaxation to create a new drawing mindset and make sensitively responsive drawings.

Through mindful drawing you bring your attention to the subtle energetic relationship between you and other and increase your capacity to make drawings in which you see your subject without personal filters that adjust reality. On this course you will use mindfulness techniques to observe beyond eyesight. The aim of this course is to enhance the quality of your drawing experience by improving your connection with the subject you are responding to. Through working more slowly, you will learn to use your senses more acutely in your drawing. The emphasis on this course is to develop the drawing process rather than producing drawing outcomes.

On the first evening there will be an introduction to the course and general orientation. Each day the tutor will guide you through meditation exercises and guided visualisations that will increase your ability to relax and to focus.

You will learn how to use your body and breath in mark-making and experiment with this in your work. You will be encouraged to explore mindsets around the relevance of drawing in your own practice and invited to open to new potential in the process.

Drawing in this way is something everyone can do. If you are a beginner it will help you to gain confidence, if you are an experienced art practitioner you will learn different approaches to drawing and choices you can make to improve your work.

The main focus of the course is about increasing sensitive attention through meditation, mindfulness, heightened sensitivity and deep awareness. This course is not about learning traditional drawing skills or making finished drawings. The majority of the course is about learning to slow down, be still and pay full attention. Whilst having an already established meditation practice might be helpful, it’s much more important that you are truly willing to set aside any need for an outcome (a finished product) and be willing to engage entirely in the process.

Your tutor has 40 years experience in meditation and mindfulness and is currently training towards Buddhist ordination.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • The cost of providing charcoal, putty rubber, water-soluble graphite stick, 6 x A1 sheets cartridge paper, A5 paper, plus Indian ink, tracing paper, black paper and some Neocolour artist watercolour crayons shared amongst the group. These are materials to get you started with.

What students need to bring

  • Felt pens, pencils, biros and watercolour sable brushes if you have them. Watercolour synthetic brush size 8.
  • Your preferred drawing media. Any materials you may have from the available to buy list below.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbooks – one of each size A3, A4 and A5 are useful or you can choose your preference.
  • Pencils HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  • Watercolour synthetic brush size 8
  • A wide selection of drawing media
It is a fundamental part of the work that we will be doing together that there is full group participation. Each session builds on the previous one. It is therefore important that you when you book this course that you can ensure you can attend each and every session. Please note this course involves walking and sitting in the grounds so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.

Tutors

Veronique Maria

Veronique Maria is passionate about the transformative power of creativity. She has worked as designer, artist and artists' mentor since 1970s and exhibits internationally. She has a BA (Hons) in Wood, Metals, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University, an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology (Applied to Fine Art Practice) from Middlesex and is a Leadership Graduate with The Coaches Training Institute USA. Since 1989 Veronique has received numerous grants, awards and international residencies, the most recent being a ‘Grants for the Arts’ award through Arts Council England to further develop her creative practice from 2020 through to 2022. 

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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